If you’re looking for a guy who’s going to rank No. 1 at his position, Travis Kelce might be the safest choice. Five years in a row, he’s finished with the best tight end numbers.
I started playing around with the numbers since the merger (in 1970). Kelce is the only player at any position who’s been No. 1 five years in a row. Only five others have finished first at their position in four straight years. That’s all positions – QB, RB, WR, TE and kicker.
The five others who’ve gone four straight years are all notable players: Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Stephen Gostkowski, Todd Christensen and Emmitt Smith.
Including Kelce (and those 4-year guys), 17 players have finished No. 1 at their position in at least three straight seasons.
I see that the list includes five tight ends, and they all come from AFC West teams: Kelce, Christensen, Tony Gonzalez, Kellen Winslow and Shannon Sharpe. Statistically, that hardly seems possible, with their being seven other divisions combining for none.
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